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Luscious lunch planned in Londonderry

LONDONDERRY — Second Congregational Church, UCC, will host a community lunch on Thursday, Aug. 22, at noon at the church for all residents of the mountain towns. The meal will take place in the Friendship Room. Lunch is free; donations are welcomed. Remaining lunches are scheduled for Sept. 26 and Oct. 24. The church is located at 2051 North Main St., Route 11, west of the blinker at the junction of routes 11 and 100. Information: 824 6453.

Program planned

for novice harvesters

DORSET — A "Canning and Preserving Your Harvest" workshop will take place at the Dorset Library on Thursday, Aug. 22, at 5:30 p.m. Angela from Someday Farm will present tips and techniques for beginning canners with a focus on water bath canning of acidic vegetables such as tomatoes, pickles and jams. Other methods of preservation such as freezing and drying will also be discussed. Participants may bring their own favorite canning recipes to share. Light refreshments will be served. Information: 867-5774.

Book on nonprofits

to prove profitable

MANCHESTER — Donald B. Keelan, author of "Observations on Nonprofits: An Informal Guide for Board Members and Volunteers," will discuss his book at the Northshire Bookstore, Thursday, Aug. 22, at 5:30 p.m. Keelan will draw on his 50 years of experience serving the nonprofit community by focusing on how nonprofits can avoid common pitfalls that make them less effective and the 14 Commandments that lead to success. The book is divided into four sections: board governance, financial controls, board leadership and reporting, and general topics. Keelan has served the nonprofit community as an auditor, volunteer, advisor, trustee, board chairman and donor. He spent six years on the audit staff of Arthur Andersen & Co., and for 11 years was an adjunct professor of federal tax law. He and his family have called Vermont their full-time home for the past 30 years.

Chicken supper

to feature fixin's

GRANVILLE — A family-style chicken and biscuit supper will take place at the Granville Methodist Church, 18 Church St., across from King's Funeral Home on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. Menu will include chicken and biscuits, real mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, cranberry sauce, cole slaw, homemade pies and beverages. Takeouts and gift certificates will be available. Tickets, which may be purchased at the door, are $10 for adults, $4 for children ages 5 through 12 and under 4, free.

11th annual concert

to feature Blue Flames

WESTON — The 11th annual Blue Flames concert and community picnic will take place on the Weston Green, Friday, Aug. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. The performance by the Blue Flames Steel Band is in honor of former president and long-time Lady of the Green, Helen Burdick. Those attending may bring a picnic. Rain date is Friday, Aug. 30.

Free hummus tasting

at Arlington market

ARLINGTON — A free hummus tasting at the Arlington Village farmers' market will take place on Friday, Aug. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. The RiseVT Bike uses human pedal-power to make snack foods, and as part of the POP Club program for children ages 5-11, special guest, Andrea Malinowski, will help make hummus to enjoy along with farm-fresh vegetables. The market takes place every Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., on the lawn of the Arlington Inn.

Author takes on

'Sex in the City' at 50

MANCHESTER — Candace Bushnell, the pioneering, New York Times bestselling author who brought "Sex and the City" to Manchester, will present her new wry, witty and wise look at sex, dating and friendship in New York City after 50. "Is There Still Sex in the City?", will be presented on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 6 p.m., at Maple Street School. Bushnell's first book, "Sex and the City," reshaped the landscape of pop culture and dating 20 years ago, with its fly-on-the-wall look at the mating rituals of the Manhattan elite. Tickets are available through Eventbrite with one seat/one book at $29 and two seats/one book at $37 and may be obtained at

'Tinderella' takes on

the world of dating

MANCHESTER — Award-winning off-Broadway songwriter and ebullient family innkeeper Melissa Levis performs her racy cabaret about dating 52 men in 52 weeks in her hopes to find a true love in New York City that she could import to Vermont. Levis, also known as "Tinderella," finds potential loves including a lusty Vermont handyman and a Latin ballroom dancer who sweeps her off her feet, with every adventure turned into a hot musical romp. As an added bonus, Tinderella's actual true love, who she met at last summer's cabaret, is flying in from Paris to see the show, which takes place at the Wilburton Inn on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 9 p.m. There will be no charge for this late-night performance. A second performance will take place next Saturday, Aug. 31, at 8 p.m. This show, performed with full band, is $20 per person. "Tinderella" is for mature audiences only. Cocktails will be available. Information: or call 802-362-2500 for tickets.

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Potluck dinner, concert planned

PAWLET — The Pawlet Public Library will present the Washington County Band for a concert on the library lawn on Saturday, August 24. A community potluck dinner will take place before the concert, all the way down Weatherby Lane to the library. The potluck dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the band will play from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. The Washington County Band includes volunteer members from Washington County, as well as other counties in New York and Vermont. Featured music includes marches, show tunes, ballads and television/movie themes. Band director Paul Kafer has been a guest conductor in Vermont for the District II Wind Ensemble, Green Mountain Festival and Lakes Region Honors Festival. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to share and place settings. The library will provide tables and chairs. No alcohol will be allowed. In the event of rain, the potluck will be in the library and the concert will be in the Town Hall auditorium. For a schedule of programs through December, visit, or stop by the library for a printed brochure. The library is located at 141 School St.

Green Mountain Club plans hike on Homer Stone Brook

DORSET — On Sunday, Aug. 25, those interested may meet at the Dorset Town Office on Mad Tom Road at 9:30 a.m. to carpool to the trailhead of the Homer Stone Brook Trail to Little Rock Pond. The hike, which is sponsored by the Green Mountain Club, Manchester section, is 4.8 miles round trip with a 1,200 elevation gain. This is a moderate hike and participants are asked to bring snacks, lunch, fluids, extra layers and a raincoat. Reservations are required: Jim and Marilyn Hand, 802-362-1673 or

Goat yoga: The

go-to class at HSV

HANCOCK, MA — The next slate of Sunday morning goat yoga classes at Hancock Shaker Village will take place on August 25, and Sept. 1, 15, and 29. The hour-long classes begin at 10 a.m. and are led by a certified yoga instructor. Tickets are $25, and $22.50 for members which includes admission to the village. Classes take place in a fenced-in pasture adjacent to the Round Stone Barn. About 15 goats roam the pasture during the class, which is intended to be a meditative experience. Picking up or feeding goats is not permitted.

Goat yoga classes are ideal for adults and for responsible children ages six and up. To register, visit or call (413) 443-0188. Beginners are welcome. Those attending are asked to bring a mat or towel.

Enjoy a cultural

musical journey

WESTON — The "Sundays on the Hill" concert series welcomes back the International String Trio to Church on the Hill, Sunday, August 25, at 4. The International String Trio prides itself on its stylistic diversity, delivering Gypsy jazz, Appalachian folk and acoustic world music, and uses the diverse cultural backgrounds of its members, hailing from Russia, Japan and England, to influence its stylistic diversity and unique performance aesthetic. Admission to the concert is $5, with children 12 and under admitted free. Doors open around 3:30 p.m., with parking available at the church and along Lawrence Hill Road. For more information:

Talk covers Venezuela

and impacts on region

MANCHESTER — Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning welcomes Dr. Mark Szuchman to help us understand the reasons for the current crisis in Venezuela. The talk will take place at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 27 at the Manchester Community Library. Venezuela's political and economic conditions have deteriorated significantly over the last few years. The crisis has caused very difficult humanitarian conditions and has driven millions across borders to adjacent countries, amplifying the consequences for domestic domain. What is the context of the crisis? How did matters get so bad? What are the implications for the hemisphere? And what solutions can be applied? These are some of the questions that will be addressed. Registration for the talk is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at

Learn about scams and tactics used to rip us off

LONDONDERRY — Neighborhood Connections, in collaboration with Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, will host a presentation to learn how to avoid financial scams and fraud AT 10:15 a.m., Tuesday Aug. 27. This program will identify current scams and tactics being used today, is free and appropriate for all ages. The program provides free information and resources. Space is limited, so please call 824-4343 to register. Neighborhood Connections is located at 5700 Mountain Marketplace.

New to Medicare?

Information offered

MANCHESTER CENTER — Learn how to navigate the Medicare system by attending an informational session at Manchester Community Library on Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 3-5 p.m. Topics covered will include Medicare Part A and Part B; Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage Plans); Part D Prescription Drug Plans; Medical Supplemental (Medigap) Insurance; enrollment periods; and coming off employer based insurance. The program is hosted by Manchester Community Library and is presented and sponsored by Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging and SHIP (State Health Insurance Program). The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center, VT. Reservations are not required, but are appreciated. Please call 802-442-5436 or email with any questions. For general information, please contact the Library at 802-362-2607.

Hike the Old Job

Trail with GMC

MANCHESTER — Hike on the Old Job Trail and Long Trail from Forest Road 30 to Forest Road 10 with the Green Mountain Club Manchester Section on Aug. 30. Meet at Shaw's in Manchester at the southeast corner of the parking lot at 10:30 a.m. to carpool to the trail. Leave cars at the end of the hike and drive to the start of the hike. Hike is 3.3 miles total distance with only 60 feet of elevation gain making it an easy, beginner hike. Bring snack, lunch and fluids, extra layer, raincoat just in case. RSVP required to Lucinda Chueny at 203-912-2739 or

Ongoing book sale

Continues at library

DORSET — The Dorset Library's ongoing book sale continues to take place with $5 bag/box, and individual prices all under $1. The library is open Monday-Friday, 11 to 5, and Saturday, 10 to 3. Information: 867-5774.


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